Le’Veon Bell Report Date Still Unclear, But Expected To Prior To Season Starting

While we still don’t know exactly when Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will ultimately sign his $12.12 million franchise tag tender and report to the team, a Thursday morning report indicates that will happen sometime prior to the 2017 regular season getting underway.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPNBell will report back to team before the 2017 regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when, per a source of his.

Well, that definitely provides some clarity, right?

It’s pretty much been a given that Bell will sign his tender and report for duty prior to the start of the regular season as the running back stands to lose almost $715,000 of salary for each week missed come that time. Whatever point he’s been trying to make since July 17 has fallen on deaf ears and moving past the Steelers second preseason game he’ll need to start thinking about getting himself back into football shape as well as getting himself up to speed on any changes with the offense.

Over the course of the last several weeks and especially since training camp got underway, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin have been adamant about saying how it would be in Bell’s best interest to report for duty sooner rather than later. Additionally, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said recently during an interview that Bell can’t simulate football shape while working on his own.

While Schefter’s Thursday report about Bell looks nice on Twitter, there’s still no official word as to when the running back will actually show up and start preparing with the rest of his teammates for the start of the 2017 season. Will it be almost immediately after Sunday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, after the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, or sometime in between? Nobody seems to know for sure right now and that’s all that really matters.

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m sick of hearing about Bell, he stands to make over $4M more than the highest paid RB and that’s not enough? Let him walk and be a Crusader with another Team.

  • John Phillips

    Bell is like Ben and Santonio Holmes, good for 12 games a year. Keep him fresh till the playoffs.

  • John Phillips

    Unfortunately the Pats* would probably get him.

  • Dorian James

    Or we can keep him out of the Ring of Honor LOL.
    I understand this is a business but he is definitely not one of my favorite Steelers any longer

  • Thomas

    This situation is really getting on my nerves more and more by the day. About his wanting to be paid like 2 players. If we can play with 2 Le’Veons on the field with the help of quantum physics fine….otherwise..stop F’in around and get in camp.

  • Putter

    …glad Adam cleared all that up….

  • Ace

    There’s some clarity for us. I was wondering what happens if he misses games. He just loses out on the game check, not a fine per se. I’ll say he signs on 8-25.

  • Jesse Hernandez

    I was listening to a podcast eary and they mentioned something about him holding out until week 10. That if he plays six games it will be logged as a season and he makes less money but he’ll be a free agent next year? Is this a possible option for him?

  • SteelersDepot

    That’s not happening

  • Nolrog

    I would say that is incredibly obvious, because if he waits until after the season stars, he will begin to lose money.

  • Eric Marshall

    It is definitely an option but very unlikely.

  • Eric Marshall

    Pats don’t have the budget to sign him let alone the fact that they haven’t invested big in the RB position since before Brady was there. More than likely someone like Cleveland would have the available budget and be stupid enough to give him that much.

  • Biggie

    Don’t care to hear anymore about him till he shows up. He’s gone about this in wrong way, business or no.

  • WreckIess

    Did anyone actually think he wasn’t going to show up before the regular season?

  • Dshoff

    Of course Bell has to get into football shape. But I think its important for him to be in camp because of the timing for him and the OL.

  • george

    He must have spent 10 seconds doing reserach for that gem of info.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’d like to believe that Bell’s absence (which is his right as he’s not under contract) is merely him believing his time is better spent (for now) training and avoiding any (potential) unnecessary injury.

    What I hope he’s not doing (in whole or in part) is “warning” the Steelers about franchising him a second year in a row. I’m sure he’s heard this possible scenario from plenty of analysts, and this may be his way of stating that he has no intent of allowing himself to be “rented” two years in a row.

    Of course, I expect the Steelers will negotiate once again in the offseason, but let’s hope Bell and his agent don’t play games when that time comes.

  • cencalsteeler

    Is anyone else hoping that Conner shines and this whole debacle backfires on Bell?
    The problem is the rb position has a revolving door that rotates faster than most other positons. My stance would be to take what you can while you can and count your blessings. He’s leaving the door wide open for someone like Conner to make us think we don’t need Bell for what he’s asking. One other thought was for Bell to just request to switch to a wr position, then negotiate for wr money. It would probably extend his career, too. I just feel he’s not helping his cause at all, in fact, I think he’s doing more harm than good.

  • T R

    shame to say.. he can warn Steelers all he like. The can rent him for 2 years in a row and they will if they have too.. they wont be held over a barrel. He don’t like it blame the NFL rules.

  • T R

    Conner will shine but still wont release Bell if he plays and not get hurt. only way Bell gets out of this is he gets hurt again and Steelers release him and another team picks him up and takes another chance on him but he wont get that 15m

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Oh, of course they can. But if they do this next year, Bell may wait and report to the team Week 10, just so he can leapfrog to free agency. That was my point.

  • SilverSteel

    You get a 👍For a quantum physics reference in football. Tough to do. If he can get small enough he could achieve non locality and play for all the teams at once. Big 🤑

  • SilverSteel

    That would suck 💩

  • NinjaMountie

    Schefter is really breaking some big news there and going out on a limb.

  • Nolrog

    If he doesn’t show up until week 10, he leaves over 7 million dollars on the table. I guarantee that is not happening.

  • Ichabod

    I don’t think that would stop us from tagging him next year

  • POUNDSAND

    Bell will wait until they break camp in Latrobe and return to Pittsburgh. Why would he want to show up now and deal with dorm / camp life when he doesn’t have to… This is nothing new for a tagged player. We don’t need him in August, we need him in January…

  • walter

    You are most likely correct but I have a funny feelng its not just about money with this guy. i think he is now acting out of spite.

  • SouthernSteel

    IF or can the Steelers pull the tag on Bell and what will happen? Bell becomes FA and Steelers get nothing… My guess

  • PaeperCup

    Wants to be paid like two players but practice like half a player.

  • PaeperCup

    We need him to be prepared for January. We need him to get to January.

    But yeah makes most sense to report back in Pittsburgh.

  • SilverSteel

    Now I know what the phrase “ad nauseum” means.

  • SilverSteel

    I agree. Nobody’s gonna try to injure him in camp. Tomlin knows he’s tender in the groinal region. He protects his top assets in camp.

  • DoctorNoah

    That may be true. But the aging curve on an RB is steep, and no one likes an arrogant player who wants a huge pay day while getting a rep as not being a team player, especially with an extensive injury history and suspension history. He reports week ten he throws away, literally in the toilet, $8,000,000, and has every team agent saying, you’re not worth $12M/year because your production has been inadequate. And you leave a team that venerates its greats like no other team and go to, I dunno, the Redskins, have one crappy season and get run out of town.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Is it even clear what he wants? Obviously, $15 million a year, but considering that’s not happening this year, I’m not sure what the point is. Does he just really not want to go to camp that bad? Does he want to train on his own that bad?

  • steelmann58

    I sorry but he needs to be here now

  • Don

    I just rewatched the week 16 Ravens game today, and no, I don’t hope this backfires on Bell. I absolutely love watching him go to work, and I do not want him to leave the Steelers anytime soon.

  • Steve

    With Bell, its ALL about the money.

  • Steve

    It would just up the anti to 17 mil.

  • Steve

    Don’t think so, and loose over 10 million! Bell isn’t stupid.

  • Chad Weiss

    Sure they can pull tag like panthers did w Newman last yearThe Steelers would gain a 3rd round comp pick next year. To say that would be a stupid move however is a huge understatement

  • Chad Weiss

    Not if you ask him,its got nothing to do with money,but then again he says he didn’t fail no drug tests either

  • Terrible Towlie

    catching passes is part of his job description

  • Terrible Towlie

    and we’ll just tag him again

  • Terrible Towlie

    and the fact there is a salary cap

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Past it. Don’t care anymore. Bell was one of my favorite players, from how he plays the game perspective. But this tarnishes all that for me. I want to see Conner, since Bell isn’t going to be around long.

  • walter

    I think its more than money. I cant think of the proper word to use but he wants to be known as the highest paid RB ever to play the game. I think its possible he could give up some money by holding out just out of spite that everyone doesnt recognize his greatness.

  • walter

    lol

  • walter

    Well he thinks he is a good rapper.

  • pittfan

    I hope Bell makes us all forget this contract crap and we hoist #7.

  • Ichabod

    I think the tag next year would be 14 mil